Debian about 1234533 times easier to install than Solaris

After what many hours trying to netboot the T1000 to install Solaris Express, I wondered “how hard is it for debian?”.

Easy. get the sparc64 boot.img, put it on TFTP server, add “filename “boot.img”;” or similar to dhcp, boot the T1000 from the service console something like this “bootmode bootscript=”boot net:dhcp”\n restart -c” and install away!

As for Solaris?

Well… dhcpd.conf:

option space SUNW;
option SUNW.root-mount-options code 1 = text;
option SUNW.root-server-ip-address code 2 = ip-address;
option SUNW.root-server-hostname code 3 = text;
option SUNW.root-path-name code 4 = text;
option SUNW.swap-server-ip-address code 5 = ip-address;
option SUNW.swap-file-path code 6 = text;
option SUNW.boot-file-path code 7 = text;
option SUNW.posix-timezone-string code 8 = text;
option SUNW.boot-read-size code 9 = unsigned integer 16;
option SUNW.install-server-ip-address code 10 = ip-address;
option SUNW.install-server-hostname code 11 = text;
option SUNW.install-path code 12 = text;
option SUNW.sysid-config-file-server code 13 = text;
option SUNW.JumpStart-server code 14 = text;
option SUNW.terminal-name code 15 = text;
option SUNW.SbootURI code 16 = text;

host hurricane {
hardware ethernet 0:14:4f:1e:28:e;
option host-name “hurricane”;
filename “sparc64-etch-boot.img”;
#       filename “sol-nv-b103-sparc”;
#       option SUNW.install-server-ip-address;
#       option SUNW.install-server-hostname “saturn”;
#       option SUNW.install-path “/mnt/sol-nv-b103-sparc/”;
#       option SUNW.root-server-ip-address;
#       option SUNW.root-server-hostname “saturn”;
#       option SUNW.root-path-name “/mnt/sol-nv-b103-sparc/Solaris_11/Tools/Boot”;


(obviously changing the comments around) and having the Solaris Express DVD mounted and NFS exported…. it *still* doesn’t work. It goes “unable to mount filesystem” with no further hints (even when tcpdumping the network).

Documentation for doing the simple thing of using $dhcp_server and $nfs_server to network boot a Solaris install on a Sparc box is *COMPLETELY* missing.

Now, I’m a smart guy (and if you don’t believe that, at least believe I’m not stupid). If I can’t get it to boot the installer, what chance do others have?

I’ll try OpenSolaris out when it’s on SPARC (and please oh please oh please just have an easy way to net boot the installer using a linux host). Please take the debian way (just a single file on tftp).

So now it’s goodbye Solaris (I’m not going to have something I can’t  re-install, upgrade or security patch) and it’s hello Debian (and sanity).

Yes, this does mean I’ll care about Drizzle on Linux Sparc.

5 thoughts on “Debian about 1234533 times easier to install than Solaris

  1. Permissions? IIRC it mounts as uid=0, so if you’ve got root_squash can the anonymous user read /mnt/sol-nv-b103-sparc ? Solaris_11/Tools/add_install_client is the magic shell script that sets it up, but yeah, netinstalling (or “jumpstarting” which might have more google juice) basically assumes you have a working Solaris machine.

  2. I don’t even seem to be getting an NFS mount request… it just loads the kernel and that’s it… quite bizarre.

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